Posted by David Dye on February 24, 2003
In Reply to: Live to the hilt posted by R. Berg on February 22, 2003
: : I am looking for the meaning
of the phrase: "Living life to the hilt". Do you know where this came from??
: : Thanks you very much.
: : David Dye
: Doing anything "to the hilt" means doing it to the uttermost, with nothing held back, by analogy with plunging a sword or knife into a substance as far as the blade will go. A hilt is "the handle of a weapon or tool, particularly of a sword or dagger" (American Heritage Dict.).
Thank you very much for the response.